Tax Rebates & Refunds

Australia considers health and wellness tax rebate scheme

December 13, 2012
Posted in Tax Rebates — Written by Geoffrey

A report published in Adelaide recently has suggested that the Australian government could improve the country’s general health by offering a kind of tax rebate for staying fit and healthy.

It sounds a complicated and potentially unfeasible prospect, but the author of the report, psychology Professor Greg Murray from Swinburne University, explained that the scheme could be carried out very simply. He said:

“It is now possible to actually track people’s physical behaviour objectively. All sorts of technologies do that in science now, a whole field of science is remote monitoring of behaviour.”

Professor Murray went on to say that technology can be used to attain “objective evidence” of physical activity and record it in a secure database, once people choose to sign up to the scheme. Then, around tax rebate time, those who have made the most effort to stay fit and healthy may be rewarded with a rebate of up to $3,000.

The ultimate aim, according to Professor Murray, is to:

“…use technology to move Australia up the ladder of healthy countries, to stop spending so much on hospitals and start spending more on people staying healthy,”

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